Re: Dogs and common facilities
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2019 08:56:14 -0700 (PDT)
We too don’t allow dogs in our Common House except for service animals (who 
have access by law).  The problem is allergies.  Also varying opinions about 
what constitutes “under control”.  Dogs who jump up on people are not under 
control.  We require folks with service animals to vacuum wherever their 
animals have been to protect our allergy sufferers.  We once had a guest in our 
guest room who had what she claimed was a service dog but it clearly had not 
been trained and jumped up on people.  It was a big dog who nearly knocked some 
folk over.  Caused much upset in the Community and that guest was never allowed 
        Pet issues of various kinds have caused some of our greatest challenges 
as a Community.  
          Bonnie Fergusson
          Swans Market Cohousing
          Oakland, CA

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> On Oct 3, 2019, at 8:27 AM, Virgil Huston <virgil.huston1955 [at]> 
> wrote:
> With allergies in particular, and service dogs are allowed by law,
> this seems to present such a contradictory approach. Yes, I know it is
> based on law. In addition, dogs in a food service establishment is
> very much over regulated in the US compared to many other countries
> because they are actually no threat as long as they are behaved. So,
> if service dogs are allowed, what does that do to the people with
> allergies? And, if service dogs are allowed, why not others?
>> On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 11:19 AM Dick Margulis <dick [at]> 
>> wrote:
>> Well, if your local health department has declared that your common
>> house is a food service establishment, as ours has, to our dismay, the
>> decision is taken out of your hands. Certified service animals only.
>> Ever. Period. End of discussion.
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